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L'Étranger - Albert Camus

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In June 1942, a short novel, The Outsider, appeared. The author was an unknown 28-year-old who was going to not only modify the history of French literature but also that of the philosophy of the 20th Century with his formulation of the absurdity of human destiny.

In April 1954, Albert Camus recorded the whole of his book for national radio (O.R.T.F). This wonderful recording has now been restored and is now available for the first time on CD.

This 3-CD set also includes a 16 page booklet (in French) written by Roger Grenier, who Camus helped to become a journalist for “Combat”, and who later wrote the Nobel prize winning author's  biography.


 Meursault leads an apparently unremarkable bachelor life in Algiers until he commits a random act of violence. His lack of emotion and failure to show remorse only serve to increase his guilt in the eyes of the law, and challenges the fundamental values of society a set of rules so binding that any person breaking them is condemned as an outsider.

For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life.

In “The Outsider” (1942), his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the predicament of the individual who refuses to pretend and is prepared to face the indifference of the universe, courageously and alone.

Texte intégral lu par Albert Camus en Avril 1954
en accord avec Gallimard et l'Institut national de l'Audiovisuel..

En juin 1942, paraît un court roman L’Etranger. L’auteur est un inconnu de 28 ans qui allait non seulement modifier l’histoire de la littérature française, mais aussi celle de la philosophie du XXe siècle avec la formulation du sentiment de l’absurdité du destin humain.
Les 7, 8 et 9 avril 1954, Albert Camus enregistre l’intégralité de son texte pour la radio nationale (O.R.T.F). Il reçoit le prix Nobel en 1957.
Frémeaux & Associés et l’INA (Institut National de l’Audiovisuel) en accord avec Gallimard ont décidé de restaurer cet enregistrement et de mettre à la disposition du public, la lecture sonore de ce chef-d’oeuvre par son auteur.
Recruté par Albert Camus comme journaliste à Combat, auteur d’une biographie intellectuelle sur Camus et éditeur de son oeuvre complète en 9 volumes, grand prix de littérature de l’Académie Française pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre, Roger Grenier a réalisé le Livret accompagnant ce coffret sonore de 3 compact disques.
Cet enregistrement attachant, révèle l’importance de notre patrimoine sonore permettant l’écoute de la pensée des grands intellectuels de l’histoire contemporaine.
Patrick Frémeaux

Coffret 3 cd avec livret historique rélisé par Roger Grenier.

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Bien-dire French Audio Magazine - From France for learners of French

Bien-dire French Audio Magazine - From France for learners of French
Audiobook Genre Fiction, Philosophy
Number of disks 3
Audiobook Format Unabridged
Language French
Level Intermediate
Media Type CD
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  1. Mesmerising Review by

    There is one word for the narration of this audio book of The Outsider: mesmerising. My French is average but I feel I understand the book's intent so much better when I hear Camus himself reading this famous book in his measured, dispassionate voice. The coolness and rationality of the narration powerfully draws you into the story all the way to the remorseless logic of the denouement. A must for all lovers of French literature. (Posted on long)

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